Last October, in a particularly brutal and senseless act of violence, Derrick Birdow crashed a Mercury Grand Marquis through the side of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church and proceeded to fatally bludgeon its 53-year-old pastor, the Reverend Danny Kirk Sr., with an electric guitar.
Police weren't sure why Birdow murdered Kirk, nor could they say why he died after being stunned with a Taser and placed in the back of the squad car.
They learned on Tuesday the answer to the second question, which also shines some light on the first: He was incredibly high on PCP.
That's the ruling from the Tarrant County medical examiner, as reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis told the paper that he wasn't terribly surprised.
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"We suspected very early on, based on his behavior, that we might be looking at PCP, just based on prior experience and our knowledge of that drug," he said.